The Paralympics have been underway for just a matter of days and already we’ve seen some incredible feats of strength and resilience.
Abdellatif Baka of Algeria, who is visually impaired, won the men’s 1,500m athletics event clocking in with a faster time than this year’s Olympic gold medallist Matthew Centrowitz, from the United States.
Meanwhile Team GB’s Ellie Simmonds went on to win her fifth gold medal in what was an impressive performance in the SM6 race.
All Paralympic athletes have a visual, physical or intellectual disability. They are classified by the type and severity of their disability. Simmonds, for example, swam in the SM6 classification which groups swimmers of a short stature, who have had both arms amputated or who experience moderate co-ordination problems on one side of their body.
To celebrate the brilliance of this year’s Paralympians, we’ve pulled together some awe-inspiring shots of the events so far.